Using Podcasting and Audio Tools in the Media Center

  • Beverly Elementary School's (AL) library media center has a great page on podcasting. They describe podcasting and the tools used. You can listen to some of their past projects and author interviews. They even have a podcasting club!
  • C. H. Price Middle School's (FL) eighth graders produce a weekly news podcast. Check it out here.
  • From Stephen's Lighthouse: "I know of at least one library that created a podcasting booth out of an old refridgerator box. Cool. It was very popular. Kids and teens just sat inside and recorded their reviews of books, DVD's, websites, etc. I've seen some libraries have old reel to reel tape listening boothes that would work too!"
  • See New Canaan (CT) High School's Bibliocasts, podcasts and tutorials.
  • School library media specialists in Coquitlam, BC, Canada provide links to favorite authors' blogs, podcasts and websites to encourage students to read and learn more. RSS feeds from several popular authors' blogs are included. Gotta love the subhead:

  • Rhinelander High School (WI) Library Media Center's Digital Book Reviews(student WindowsMedia vodcasts) are attached to Destiny catalog records and published in a public Resource List available from the online catalog webpage.

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The Library Journal article by Michelle Jeske, "Tapping into Media: Take Your Online Presence to the Next Level with Audio and Video" features some great ideas for using podcasting and audio in the library. Examples cited are provided in a convenient list at the end of the article.

Other Podcasting and Audio Tools

Forvo All the words of the world pronounced by native speakers

Author name pronunciation guide from Authors say their own names and sometimes explain them. You can download the audio for classroom use, too. How do you say Scieszka (Jon) or Soentpiet (Chris) for example?

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From the iLearnTechnology blog:

Read the Words is a free website that offers an audio player that will read anything you want. The Reader on the audio player can be listened to online, downloaded to a mp3 player, broadcasted as a podcast, or posted on a website or blog. The first step to creating your reader is selecting what you want read, this can be uploaded from a PDF, MS Word, HTML file, or input manually, cut and pasted, through RSS or URL. Step 2 is selecting a reader for your purposes, there are 14 readers to choose from. The readers speak English, Spanish, and French. Each reader has unique voices and some have accents. You can control the reader’s speed and pitch. Best of all it takes approximately one minute to generate an hour long record

Read the Words would be an excellent way to guide a webquest for students, create a reader to steer students through each activity in the webquest. If you have mp3 players available for checkout, create a reader for guided reading. These can be used in class during silent reading time or checked out for home use so that the student learning day can be extended. The readers would be excellent for history or science reading where vocabulary can be challenging. Read the Words is perfect for your auditory learners and because you can have text that is already in your lesson read, the differentiation for these students is short and sweet. Read the Words would also be great for English language learners or for English speakers learning Spanish or French.

Take some time initially to listen to each of the readers' voices. Choose the one that is easiest for your students to understand and best fits your purposes.

Listen to this to see how Read the Words sounds..

iSpeech is another free text to speech generator. Here's how it sounds:

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